Sand Branch, Dallas County, Texas

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Sand Branch (sometimes spelled Sandbranch) is an unincorporated community in Dallas County, Texas, United States. According to the Handbook of Texas, the community had an estimated population of 400 in 2000.[1]

Geography[edit]

Sand Branch is located approximately two miles south of U.S. Highway 175 and 14 miles southeast of Downtown Dallas on Belt Line Road in southeastern Dallas County. It is situated between the Trinity River and Hickory Creek, southwest of Seagoville.[1] Sand Branch is the only unincorporated settlement left in Dallas County, as the vast majority of the county lies within incorporated cities.

Background[edit]

The Sand Branch Community has long been considered one of the poorest areas in Dallas County.[2] The area's living conditions and lack of basic services have led some to label the largely lower-income, predominately African American community a "non-border colonia" because of its similarities to those settlements situated along the southwestern United States border with Mexico.[3] One of the challenges of the community is that residents must transport water to use it: despite existing next to a Wastewater Treatment facility, no water infrastructure exists in Sand Branch (due to its unincorporated status), and the wells are non-potable due to decades of contamination.[4]

Streets[edit]

Eight streets are located within the community Sand Branch. They are:

  • Banks Drive
  • Bunche Drive
  • Burns Drive
  • Kirsan Drive
  • Lake Street
  • Pin Oak Road
  • Tom Lee Drive
  • Wilmer-Kleberg Road

Education[edit]

Public education in the community of Sand Branch is provided by the Dallas Independent School District. Zoned campuses include Kleberg Elementary School (grades PK-5), Seagoville Middle School (grades 6-8), and Seagoville High School (grades 9-12).[5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sand Branch, Texas". The Handbook of Texas online. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  2. ^ "The Lost Community of Sandbranch". Richard West, D Magazine. 1985-09-01. Retrieved 2009-11-09.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "The present day saga on one Texas non-border colonia". John Henneberger, Texas Housers. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  4. ^ Millman, Oliver. "'America's dirty little secret': the Texas town that has been without running water for decades". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Ltd. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Kleberg Elementary School Attendance Zone" (PDF). 2009-10 Attendance Zone Maps. Demographic Studies Department, Dallas Independent School District. Retrieved 2009-11-09.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Seagoville Middle School Attendance Zone" (PDF). 2009-10 Attendance Zone Maps. Demographic Studies Department, Dallas Independent School District. Retrieved 2009-11-09.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Seagoville High School Attendance Zone" (PDF). 2009-10 Attendance Zone Maps. Demographic Studies Department, Dallas Independent School District. Retrieved 2009-11-09.[permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°38′06″N 96°37′11″W / 32.63500°N 96.61972°W / 32.63500; -96.61972